Submissions open for third annual Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award, photography bursary worth more than £3,000

Deadline: 19 October 2018

Who can apply: An early-to-mid-career photographer in or from the UK

The award: £2,000 to undertake a narrative photography project with a social or political context; approx. £1,000-worth of printing at Metro Imaging; support from the Trust towards public and industry exposure of the work; membership of Shutter Hub.

How to apply: Full submission information at www.rebeccavassietrust.org

Judges include: Matthew Tucker (BBC News); Melanie Hough (Getty Images); Jennifer Thatcher (Art Monthly).


The Rebecca Vassie Trust today announces the third annual Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award for emerging photographers ‒ with the cash bursary increasing this year from £1,250 to £2,000.

In addition to the cash, which funds an early-career photographer in the UK to undertake a narrative photography project, the winner receives more than £1,000-worth of printing at Metro Imaging plus support towards industry and public exposure.

Judges for the award include Matthew Tucker (BBC News), Melanie Hough, curator at Getty Images, and photography critic Jennifer Thatcher (Art Monthly, ARTnews).

The award was created in memory of Rebecca Vassie, a British photographer and photojournalist who died suddenly, aged 30, while on assignment in Uganda in March 2015.

Applicants for the award, who must be either from or based in the UK, are asked to submit a proposal setting out a compelling vision for a narrative photography project with a social or political context. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 19 October 2018.

Previous awards have been won by James Arthur Allen (2017) and Kirsty Mackay (2018). Allen used his award to travel to Israel, where he spent time documenting the little-known ethnic Circassian population. The resulting work has been exhibited in London, published in a limited-edition booklet and in the Calvert Journal, and shortlisted for the RPS International Photography Exhibition 161 and the 2018 Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival Documentary Series Award.

Mackay is currently in Glasgow completing her award-winning project The Fish That Never Swam, exploring the relationship between health, housing and human lives in the city.

In addition to the main winner, the Trust offers shortlisted candidates support-inkind such as networking opportunities and online exhibition. The winner and up to two runners-up also receive membership of Shutter Hub.

Kelly Vassie, a trustee of the charity and the sister of Rebecca, said: “We have been able to increase the cash portion of the award this year thanks to the fundraising efforts and generosity of our supporters. We especially want to acknowledge the incredible effort of our 2018 London Marathon charity runner Rebecca Moore.

“As we enter the third year of the award, we’re hugely excited to see a fresh wave of compelling ideas.”

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From the series  Adiga: Circassians in Israel  by James Arthur Allen

From the series Adiga: Circassians in Israel by James Arthur Allen

On The Radar: September 2017

Welcome to the second edition of our 'On the Radar' blog series. On an irregular basis we'll bring you some interesting stories and events from the photography industry. If you want to feature in the next post, simply email us using the heading 'On the Radar' with your information and we'll squeeze in the most exciting stories.


Source Magazine Graduate Photography Online 2017

As always, Source are celebrating brand new graduates. We're excited to find out who has been selected by this years panel of judges! Find out more here.

You can also find out more about this years University of Westminster MA graduates who undertook an Instagram Takeover for us. Head over to Instagram here.

Image by  Stephen Burke

Image by Stephen Burke


CONNECT FOR: Photography Graduates

Date: Saturday, 9 September 2017

Time: 1pm - 5pm

Free, book your place

Are you a recent photography graduate? Come along to Stills for a nice afternoon of talks and discussions about life after graduation. Hear from early career photographers about their experiences of graduation and how they are shaping their careers.

Our aim with this event is to give new graduates the chance to hear from people a bit further along about their work and life afterward graduation. We will also have information from various organisations about the kind of support that they offer.

So book your free place, come along, meet other new graduates and take in some interesting talks.


SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR SECOND ANNUAL REBECCA VASSIE MEMORIAL AWARD, PHOTOGRAPHY BURSARY WORTH £2,400.

 
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The award comprises a bursary of £1,250 for an early-career photographer in the UK to complete a photography project, plus £1,150-worth of printing at Metro Imaging and support towards industry and public exposure.

Judges for the award include Karen McQuaid, senior curator at the Photographersʼ Gallery, Matthew Tucker, UK Picture Editor at BuzzFeed, Professor Steve Macleod, photographer and creative director at Metro Imaging, and photography critic Jennifer Thatcher (Art MonthlyARTnews).

The award was created in memory of Rebecca Vassie, a British photographer and photojournalist who died suddenly, aged 30, while on assignment in Uganda in March 2015.

Applicants for the award, who must be either from or based in the UK, are asked to submit a proposal setting out a compelling vision for a photography project around ʻa human story we seldom seeʼ. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 2 October 2017 at 1700 BST. Enter your work here.


Exploration and Investigation - A Collaborative Exhibition between Pop My Mind and Photograd.

Deadline: midnight Monday 18th September

Photograd photographers have submitted work under the theme of 'Exploration and Investigation' and five pieces have been chosen to inspire you, the Pop My Mind community! We would like you to expand on their pieces and show us how you can creatively interpret their photography.

We invite you to explore and investigate the themes of the photographer's work in your own unique medium. You can be inspired by a single photograph, or the whole series, just let us know in your description please.

 
Image by  Andrew Mellor , from the series  53.9230° N, 3.0150° W

Image by Andrew Mellor, from the series 53.9230° N, 3.0150° W

 

Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award 2017

We're very excited to bring you news of the second Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award which launched this week. We covered the first award last year and were very pleased to hear the award went to one of our very own featured graduates, James Allen. We're looking forward to finding out more about James' new body of work soon.

 
 

Find out more about entering your work here.

Submissions open for second annual Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award, photography bursary worth £2,400.

The award comprises a bursary of £1,250 for an early-career photographer in the UK to complete a photography project, plus £1,150-worth of printing at Metro Imaging and support towards industry and public exposure.

Judges for the award include Karen McQuaid, senior curator at the Photographersʼ Gallery, Matthew Tucker, UK Picture Editor at BuzzFeed, Professor Steve Macleod, photographer and creative director at Metro Imaging, and photography critic Jennifer Thatcher (Art Monthly, ARTnews).

The award was created in memory of Rebecca Vassie, a British photographer and photojournalist who died suddenly, aged 30, while on assignment in Uganda in March 2015.

Rebecca Vassie -  Factory, Pyestock

Rebecca Vassie - Factory, Pyestock

Applicants for the award, who must be either from or based in the UK, are asked to submit a proposal setting out a compelling vision for a photography project around ʻa human story we seldom seeʼ. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 2 October 2017 at 1700 BST.

Last yearʼs winner, James Arthur Allen, has recently returned from Israel where he spent time among the little-known ethnic Circassian population. The Israeli Circassians are at once strongly protective of their heritage, and closely 1 of 4 integrated into Israeli society; they are among the only Muslims in the Israel Defense Forces. The resulting photography set, ʻAdiga: Circassians in Israelʼ, will be exhibited by the Trust at The Tabernacle Gallery, in Londonʼs Notting Hill, 11-17 December 2017. The work will also feature in an Instagram takeover for The Photographersʼ Galleryʼs next week (24-29 July) ‒ www.instagram.com/thephotographersgallery.

James Arthur Allen -  Adiga- Circassians In Israel  (2017)

James Arthur Allen - Adiga- Circassians In Israel (2017)

James Arthur Allen said: “Winning the Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award has enabled me to take an idea and realise it as a formed project. The Trust has been supportive at every stage, and the experience has been hugely beneficial. Since winning the inaugural award, many more doors have opened and led to further opportunities to develop my career.”

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James Allen - Winner of the Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award

We are delighted to be working with University College Falmouth graduate, James Allen, as the winner of The Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award for his project documenting the lives and traditions of the ethnic Circassian population in Israel. James was one of the first featured photographers on the Photograd platform and you can read his Feature here.

As the winner of the award, James will be mentored by Bette Lynch, Director of Photography, news, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Getty Images, who was also part of the judging process. He also receives access to premier printing services at Metro Imaging, print partner to the award. James will travel to Israel in January; “It is a huge privilege to be selected for the inaugural Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award. I’m thrilled to have been given the opportunity to make new work and collaborate with the Trust over the coming months."

Photograph taken by Rebecca Vassie in 2008 of National Gas Turbine Establishment (Pyestock) which closed in 2000 (© Rebecca Vassie)

Photograph taken by Rebecca Vassie in 2008 of National Gas Turbine Establishment (Pyestock) which closed in 2000 (© Rebecca Vassie)

Before James gets going with his new work and mentorship, we caught up with him to find out more about his ideas and aspirations. We've selected some images by James from his series Land of Wolves to give an idea of his style before we show his completed series of work made as a result of the award in a future Spotlight. We're excited to follow his journey.


Introduction: My name is James Allen and I’m a photographer living in Bath, UK. My work focuses strongly on social issues, from the geo politics and conflicts of the South Caucuses to PTSD and the realities of living with mental health issues. I graduated from University College Falmouth in 2012 with a First Class Honours degree in Press and Editorial Photography. I am currently studying a part time masters in Documentary Photography at University South Wales and have been lecturing on the BA Photography course at Bath Spa University.

From the series  Land of Wolves   Young girls in national dress prepare to practice traditional Georgian dances at the Georgian National Ballet in Tbilisi. Young Georgians are taught to practice traditional customs and dance as part of their national identity.

From the series Land of Wolves

Young girls in national dress prepare to practice traditional Georgian dances at the Georgian National Ballet in Tbilisi. Young Georgians are taught to practice traditional customs and dance as part of their national identity.

Your Work: In 2014 I travelled to Georgia and Abkhazia on a research trip of the region and was fascinated by the area and its people, it was on this initial trip I made a body of work Land of Wolves. On my return I read a lot of books and travelogues about the region and stumbled across the Circassians; a prominent nation in the region that was expelled after a bloody war with the Russian Empire in 1864. The diaspora spread across the ottoman empire after allying them selves with the Turks. A small population of Circassians can be found in the North of Israel where they have maintained there culture and traditions. It is my plan to explore their folklore, traditions and place in the modern world. 

From the series  Land of Wolves   The capital city of Georgia, Tbilisi looking towards the great Mountains of the South Caucasus. Lying on the banks of the Mtkvari River the city was founded in the 5th century. Tbilisi'™s proximity to vital trade routes between east and west has made it a prize fought over by rival empires through out history.

From the series Land of Wolves

The capital city of Georgia, Tbilisi looking towards the great Mountains of the South Caucasus. Lying on the banks of the Mtkvari River the city was founded in the 5th century. Tbilisi'™s proximity to vital trade routes between east and west has made it a prize fought over by rival empires through out history.

The Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award: As I’m sure many recent graduates know, the hardest thing about turning ideas and projects into a reality is funding, it’s hard enough to earn enough money to keep yourself on your feet let alone fund work. This is where the Rebecca Vassie Award has really helped. I have the chance now to make work and an amazing platform to show it on. The opportunities and mentorship program have also made the planning, and nuts and bolts of this project easier to map out.

From the series  Land of Wolves   Megi & Ana two young Abkhazian IDP'€™s (Internally Displaced People) stand outside the ex soviet hotel they call home, both where born in Tbilisi and though neither has been to Abkhazia they count themselves as displaced. Despite living in the hotel their whole lives the Georgian government still considers the accommodation temporary.

From the series Land of Wolves

Megi & Ana two young Abkhazian IDP'€™s (Internally Displaced People) stand outside the ex soviet hotel they call home, both where born in Tbilisi and though neither has been to Abkhazia they count themselves as displaced. Despite living in the hotel their whole lives the Georgian government still considers the accommodation temporary.

Opportunities: The work is the start of something bigger in terms of my exploration of the people of the Caucauses. I also hope it will greatly inform my practice nearer to home. I’m looking forward to the exhibition in March but equally trying not to think about it to much. My main focus is to concentrate on my preparation and delivery of the project.

Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award Submission Call

An exciting new award has recently been announced in aid of supporting emerging photographers. The Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award is an opportunity that we think will be great for many of you Photograds out there, so read on to find out more! We'll be featuring the winner of the award on the site and we can't wait to see the work! Good luck everyone...

The award is a bursary of £1,200, plus printing, exhibition and mentorship, for an emerging photographer in the UK to complete a narrative photography project.

Judges for the award include Karen McQuaid, curator at The Photographers’ Gallery, Matthew Tucker, UK Picture Editor at BuzzFeed, and Bette Lynch, Director of Photography, news, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Getty Images.

Premier printing services are being donated by Metro Imaging, who will also grant the winner a portfolio review with creative director Prof. Steve Macleod.

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     National Gas Turbine Establishment (Pyestock) which closed in 2000, by Rebecca Vassie

National Gas Turbine Establishment (Pyestock) which closed in 2000, by Rebecca Vassie

The award is created in memory of Rebecca Vassie, a British photographer and photojournalist who died suddenly last year (March 2015), aged 30, while on assignment in a refugee camp in Uganda.

Applicants for the award, who must be either from or based in the UK, are asked to submit a proposal setting out a compelling vision for a photography project with a strong social or political context. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 7 October 2016 at 1700 BST.

The winner will receive a grant of £1,200, plus access to premier printing services at Metro Imaging, including consultation with a master printer, to create of selection of framed images for exhibition in London in March 2017, as well as portfolio prints. 

For more information on Rebecca's career, the award, and how you can apply, please visit here: rebeccavassietrust.org

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     Refugees from South Sudan for UNICEF   by Rebecca Vassie

Refugees from South Sudan for UNICEF by Rebecca Vassie